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April 1936


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1936;23(4):441-448. doi:10.1001/archotol.1936.00640040450005

Brucellosis is a term recently applied to the clinical reactions to an infection with Brucella melitensis and Brucella abortus. It is a synonym of Malta or undulant fever but without the restrictions or disadvantages inherent in these names. Malta fever of the fulminating type, with high fever of undulating character, periods of apyrexia, profuse sweats, arthritis, myalgia and stomatitis, is now better classified as acute brucellosis. The ambulatory and intermittent forms, with the temperature normal in the morning or slightly elevated and a daily rise of from 1 to 3 F. and weakness, myalgia, malaise and particularly nervousness, can be considered as chronic brucellosis. Cases are now reported from every state in the union, Canada, the British Isles, Scandinavia, Germany, France and Austria. Etiologically, it follows the drinking of milk contaminated with Brucella or contact with infected cattle or domestic animals. Its incidence in infancy, childhood and adult

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